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What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

Muscle vs. bone: Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon. Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

A stress fracture : Is a crack in the outer layer of the bone. (think eggshell), shin splints are micro tears of the attachments of the muscle to the bone.... ...Read more

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What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone.An stress fx involves the boneof the leg , the tibia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

Shin splints is a : General term for shin pain, usually after sports or exercise. Stress fractures are one specific cause of shin pain and so are often listed as a cause of "shin splints". ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

Shin pain: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland.Com). ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

Location: For one would differentiate between patellar tendonitis and shin splints. Stress f/x and shin splints is a little more difficult. Sometimes an astute clinician could use a tuning fork to aid in diagnosis, an MRI would differentiate, xrays on first shooting may not be helpful. ...Read more

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How to know if I have shin splints or a stress fracture?

Exam: This is usually determined based on exam and further testing. Stress fracture usually has a small area of pain called point tenderness. Shin splints are over a wider area of the shin. You can also have an area of point tenderness within a wide area of shin splints. MRI or bone scan is usually used to make the diagnosis and determine if your pain is from shin splints or stress fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more